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Premodern Chinese Political Thought

Premodern Chinese Political Thought

Premodern Chinese political thought

Political thought in ancient and imperial China could be studied from two opposite perspectives. An ‘externalist’ agenda would reflect the preoccupations of political theorists outside the Chinese tradition. Given the persistence of Western hegemony in scholarship, the preoccupations of the European heritage would doubtless be privileged, the questions those that would occur to Western intellectual historians. The aim of an ‘internalist’ approach, by contrast, is to see the development of Chinese political thought from the inside. This may mean operating in a conceptual world that is opaque and not necessarily interesting to historians of Western thought. The codes are different, the allusions obscure; one seems to encounter a perversely enduring fixation with the hermeneutics of scraps of ancient ...

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